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SHISEIDOSynchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: First Impressions

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Where have I been? I guess I fell into a black hole of grad school papers and projects. However, I’m back for my seven followers (maybe just six now) and I’m here to post just for the holiday. Because nothing says “Irish” like a new foundation from Japan. For reals, I received a sample and I wanted to talk about it. 

I just started freelancing for Shiseido, and I was excited to try a sample of their newest foundation, Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20. 

I present:

(Photo from Sephora but this can be purchased in-person at Lord and Taylor and Macy’s)

This is a lightweight, oil-free foundation which “harmonizes” with your skin. Oh and it’s also long wearing. 
Let’s see it in action:

  (Taken around 11 am).

*Note: In the picture on the right, I added their stick concealer. It’s similar to the amazing concealer from their sister company, Cle de Peau, but it costs much less. 

Btw, my foundation shade is the third shade level in neutral. It also comes in a rose and warm undertone. 

Pros and Cons:


  • Did NOT break me out. No bumps, no tumor zits. Nada. Amen
  • Long lasting. This wore well until the time I took it off. A little shine started on the forehead and nose by the 7th hour. 
  • No primer necessary. But honestly, I’m not one to use primer anyway. 
  • This is going to be your holy grail foundation for the summer. I really hate that expression but I must call it as it is. 


  • Price is 45 dollars, but a little goes a long way. It is long lasting too. Seems like you get your money’s worth. 
  • Some more shade options would be nice for deeper skin tones. 

Let’s see how it looked at the end of the day:


As you can see, humidity is starting to happen here in New Jersey. Hence the Jersey curls. Current look: Simba’s angry. 

The verdict: Get this foundation. Get it no matter if you are oily, combo, or dry. It’s for all skin types and let’s be real, we all sweat in the summer so this is a perfect fit for that. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋


Liquid Lip Color: Part 2

L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche

Jeez that’s a long title for a tube of lip color, but this lip color has a lot going on. If you notice I call it a “lip color” because it really isn’t a lipstick, lip gloss or balm, but a recipe of all three. That is the big trend these days, and in regards to the drugstore competition I feel L’Oreal’s product is superior to Maybelline’s Color Elixir.
Let’s discuss…
Yesterday I reviewed Maybelline’s Color Elixir and despite the massive variety of shades and color depths I just could not wear it because of the smell. L’Oreal’s product doesn’t have a terrific scent, but it is not as pungent as Maybelline’s and it fades as you wear it. I can’t really describe it, but I know it doesn’t smell like paint drying and that is something to celebrate. This line consists of many flattering color tones which are mostly opaque. My favorite feature is the stain they leave behind once the slick part of the gloss disappears. I wouldn’t exactly say they are moisturizing, but they feel good on the lips and they didn’t dry my lips out.
1. Blushing Harmony is the shade to try if you are overly cautious and looking for something to enhance your lip tone. It is soft and feminine and it was actually the first color I tried. I liked it so much I went and got some more! I tell you, lip colors are like potato chips because you really can’t have just one.
2. Coral Encore is a fun, pinky citrus which I will rock for the remainder of the summer. I get a lot of compliments on this one when I wear it, although you wouldn’t know because I decided to choose a serious face for the picture. Trust me, I’m happy :l
3. Dancing Rose is a pretty pink with a hint of lilac. I love this color because it’s very feminine, but it has a little more spunk to it. I don’t know why the name of it makes me think of Rose Nylund from The Golden Girls. Even so, it’s fresh and youthful.
4. Caramel Solo is pretty, but honestly it is my least favorite of the bunch. It looks like pure milk chocolate going on (hello 1990’s!). Luckily it turned to a pinkish brown on me. I didn’t feel it enhanced my complexion, but I may appreciate this more in the Fall.
5. Plum Adagio is not for the shy! It is a bold, almost vampy kind of purple that requires a generous amount of patience to apply as well as a fierce attitude to wear. I was not a fan of this when I first swiped it on (note the lemon face), but once I gave it one blot I was good to go. I will definitely save this for the Fall, and I look forward to wearing it.
There are 16 shades in total and as much as I love the line, I think I’m good with the ones I have. I wish they would create a few more violet tones because I do not care for the look of the Purple Prelude as it is very gray.
*Just an FYI, Ulta has these on sale for a buy one get one 50% off AND you can use your 3.50 off coupon. That brings them down to about 6 bucks each. They usually retail between $7.49 and $9.99 depending on the
store. Look for my last review of Liquid Lip Color Part 3 when I review the version from Golden Rose Cosmetics.